Daily Marauder

May 5, 2009, 2:11 AM


TNT’s presentation Thursday of the Boston Celtics-Chicago Bulls first-round playoff game attracted a record-setting 5.35 million viewers. The game, which ended up being a triple-overtime classic, was such a big hit that most of the male-skewing shows on NBC lost audiences to TNT that night. Variety (5/3)

Since I just visited the TNT NBA studio in Atlanta last week, I thought I would include the photo.  Watched the Saturday night game with some crazy Boston Celtics fans in LA.  The photo below is from Saturday’s game in which Chicago lost to the Boston Celtics.  Check out the Boston Celtics fan on the right.  Don’t you kind of want to hit him?



"Weekend Update," the satirical television news segment on NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," will be produced as a series of half-hour specials next season. The specials are likely to air on Thursday nights, the home once again of a critically praised comedy lineup on NBC. (Iwantmedia 5/4, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/arts/television/04nbc.html  5/3)


Despite ranking third in ratings among A18-49 this past Thursday night, NBC is giving its newer police drama Southland a second season chance. The series, from creator John Wells (ER), was given a 13-episode order for a probable fall return on Thursdays at 9p. The 10p Thursday slot where Southland now resides, is reserved for NBC’s anticipated Jay Leno primetime program. Paranormal crime drama Medium also received a renewal order over the weekend.  NBC is also finalizing a renewal order for its new midseason sitcom Parks and Recreation starring Amy Poehler and two other series, Chuck and Law & Order will likely be renewed. (Cynopsis 5/4)


The U.S. Supreme Court is ordering a federal appeals court to re-examine its ruling in favor of CBS over entertainer Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction." The $550,000 fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission on CBS could be reinstated. (Iwantmedia 5/4, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090504/ap_en_tv/scotus_fcc_janet_jackson  5/4)


Revenue is drying up at local television stations, thanks to new technologies, shifting demos and the down economy. New sources of income aren’t materializing quickly enough to offset the ebbing tide. "There’s no way to mitigate the losses," says NATPE head Rick Feldman. (Iwantmedia 5/4, http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118003095.html?categoryid=1682&cs=1  5/1)

Mark Burnett Productions made a deal to adapt the comedy Head Case, the original series shown currently on Starz, for audiences outside the US, reports Variety. (Cynopsis 5/4)

With Viacom’s advertising-revenue growth estimated to be underperforming its rivals, CEO Philippe Dauman may need to overhaul management at the media giant’s cable networks, observers say, including the floundering MTV. More "drastic options" include replacing Dauman. (Iwantmedia 5/4, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124120066977377863.html  5/2)

Cable programmers increasingly are looking overseas to grow their network brands, according to this report. The latest international travelers are Scripps Networks and Cablevision’s Rainbow Media, who are joining the ranks of Discovery Communications and Turner Broadcasting on the global stage. Broadcasting & Cable (5/4)

Disney’s Bob Iger comes in at No. 3 ($51.1 million) on a list of the 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2008, according to an analysis of chief execs in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. (Iwantmedia 5/4, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090502/ap_on_bi_ge/us_ceo_pay  5/2)

Satellite-television provider DirecTV plans to combine with Liberty Media’s entertainment unit, gaining control of Game Show Network and three regional sports channels. The move allows mogul John Malone to have more direct control over both DirecTV and Liberty Entertainment. (Iwantmedia 5/4, http://www.smartmoney.com/news/ON/?story=ON-20090504-000279-1109  5/4)


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